Tom Petruno is the markets columnist for The Times. His column is aimed at the individual investor and covers a broad area of personal finance and investing topics.
He joined The Times in January 1990 from USA Today in Washington, D.C., where he directed the national newspaper's markets coverage for five years. As deputy managing editor for markets in USA Today's Money Section he also had overall responsibility for the section's news content.
At the Times he directed the newspaper's markets coverage from 1995 to 2001.
A Cleveland native, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the Ohio State University in 1978.
He lives in Los Angeles.